December double-down at the @AccessFund! Thanks to @blackdiamond and a group of anonymous donors, your contribution to the Access Fund will be matched dollar for dollar through December 15. This group is doing great work on the local and national level to make sure that climbers have a seat at the table, and that we continue to have access to our crags and public lands. If climbing means anything to you, and climbing is something you want to preserve for future generations, the Access Fund is an organization worth supporting. I’m sending $500 today! Link in my stories ...
Sunday Vibes. Usually when David Lama (@davidlama_official) takes a rest, it means he’s just crushed some major alpine ascent. This image is a #throwback to a 2011 trip I took with David and Peter Ortner (@luner._peter) to climb Trango Tower. But in case you missed the news, David just nabbed a significant Himalayan first ascent of Lunag Ri (6,907meters), a previously unclimbed and stunning peak on the borderline between Nepal and Tibet. Hopefully he’s spending his Sunday taking a well-deserved rest! Check out @redbull and @davidlama_official for more about this news, and to see some sick drone footy shot by my good friend and Novus contributor Sean Haverstock @seanhaverstock.
I’ve had the great pleasure of traveling around the world with David Lama (@davidlama_official), from Pakistan to Lebanon to Patagonia. He’s just one of the most impressive and dedicated athletes I’ve ever met. True to form, after a couple years of setback, David has returned to complete one of his longtime goals: the first ascent of Lunag Ri, a previously unclimbed and stunning peak of 6,907meters on the borderline between Nepal and Tibet. David tried this peak in 2015 and 2016 with Conrad Anker (@conradanker), but the duo were forced to bail just shy of the summit when things didn’t go as planned. David returned this year to solo the mountain, which must rank as one of the most impressive mountaineering achievements this year! This exceptional drone footage was captured by my good friend and regular Novus team member and drone pilot Sean Haverstock (@seanhaverstock). Very proud of my friends for their brilliant work here, and huge congrats to David on this historic ascent. @redbull
It’s always great to find new crags here in our backyard in South Lake Tahoe, including this little undiscovered gem. Ok, just kidding! While I love the Sierra Nevada mountains, their stature falls short of the mighty Karakoram of Pakistan, one of the great mountain ranges on earth, with peaks such as Uli Biaho (20,043 ft), shown here. As a climber this is a place that’s held my imagination for over half of my life. In 2011, I finally traveled here with elite climbers David Lama (@davidlama_official) and Peter Ortner (@luner._peter) to climb the majestic Trango Tower (20,623 feet). Along the way we pushed the limits of high-altitude filmmaking, with the aid of Andrew Peacock (@footloosefotography) and Remo Masina, by being the first to use a remote controlled helicopter with camera at elevations over 20,000 ft. Most importantly we had a fantastic adventure in a truly wild place and even managed to stand on the summit. Best of all, it was great training for all the adventures here in the Tahoe basin!😉 @redbull@redbullphotography@rbmhfilms@nikonusa
It’s that time of year to be thankful, and some of the things I’m most grateful for are all of the opportunities I have to share knowledge, teach, and hopefully inspire up-and-coming filmmakers and photographers because the act of sharing and giving always gives me so much more in return. (For example, I created this picture of pro BMX street rider Corey Martinez (@coreymartinezz) during one of my courses, and it’s one of my favorite shots.) @CreativeLive has been an incredible partner and platform for me to share knowledge and teach. And this week, they are offering my friends, family, and followers a 25% discount on any courses site wide. Just use the code CRichF&F at checkout, but hurry because the code expires November 21!!! Check out my instructor page and explore the site to find a course that will help you achieve your goals. https://www.creativelive.com/instructor/corey-rich (link in bio)
In 1993, Lynn Hill (@_linacolina_) became the first person to free climb the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. (Here she is, several years ago, returning to one of the crux pitches of the route for a project in which we created vertical Street Views of the Nose for @GoogleMaps.) Since then, only a handful of people have ever managed to repeat this incredible feat. Last weekend, 15-year-old Connor Herson succeeded in free-climbing the Nose. If this doesn’t show the amazing progression the sport of rock climbing has experienced over the past two and a half decades, I don’t know what does. Huge congrats to Connor! Being able to succeed on such a megalithic rock climb as a high-schooler during weekend trips is just amazing. Jim Herson, you must be so proud of your son! Climbing is a sport in which our history is very rich, and the future is very bright! ** @NikonUSA@SanDisk@gtechnology@freeflysystems@smallhd@connexhd#NikonNoFilter@brettlowell@joshlowell@mortimer_peter@alexhonnold@tommycaldwell
A few years ago, I got a really unique opportunity to shoot 360-degree photo spheres of three of Yosemite’s best climbers climbing on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. That would be Lynn Hill (@_linacolina_), Tommy Caldwell (@tommycaldwell) and Alex Honnold (@alexhonnold) — all living legends who have done incredible things, to put it mildly, on El Capitan. Lynn did the first free ascent of the Nose (as well as in a day), Tommy has free-climbed more El Cap routes than anyone else, including the Dawn Wall (the hardest one), and Alex became the first person to free solo El Cap in 2017, which is still hard to believe. This project through Sender Films (@senderfilms) and Big Up Productions (@Bigupclimbing) was for @GoogleMaps, who turned to us to help them create vertical Street Views of iconic moments on El Capitan. Here, Alex Honnold is fully in his element, airing it out on one of the upper pitches of the Nose. @brettlowell@joshlowell@mortimer_peter@NikonUSA@SanDisk@gtechnology@freeflysystems@smallhd@connexhd#NikonNoFilter